"The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was the cornerstone of all modern occultism, but from the very moment of its foundation in 1887 its true nature and even its history have been the subject of fierce debate.
Much has been written on its history, rituals and influence, but much of the tale remains to be told. In this clear and concise account of the Order the story is brought to completion. For the first time the Order's Historical Lecture (written by its founder, W. Wynn Westcott) is printed in full from a previously unknown manuscript. The whole text of the famous 'Anna Sprengel' letters is given in a new translation, and the turbulent history of the Order up to its dissolution in 1914 is recounted with the aid of new material from both privately printed and manuscript sources."